Thursday, October 30, 2014

Regularization of Casual Labour with Temporary Status

F.No.49014/3/2014- Estt(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block
Dated 16th October,2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Regularization of Casual Labour with Temporary Status(CL-TS)-Proposals from Ministries/Departments on -regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status & Regularisation), Scheme of Government of India, 1993, circulated vide DOPT OM No. 51016/2/90-Estt(C) dated 10.09.1993, stipulated conditions for grant of temporary status and regularization of services to the persons recruited on daily wage basis in the Central Government Offices as on 10.09.1993. It was held in the Mohan Pal Case SLP (Civil) No. 2224/2000 that the Scheme of 1-9-93 is not an ongoing Scheme and the temporary status can be conferred on the casual labourers under that Scheme only if they were in employment on the date of the commencement of the scheme and they should have rendered continuous service of at least one year i.e. at least 240 days in a year or 206 days (in case of offices having 5 days a week). The Scheme inter-alia provided for regularization of CL-TS against Group `D’ posts.

2. Following the acceptance of the recommendation of the 6th CPC, all Group D posts have been upgraded to Group C posts. Recruitment to erstwhile Group `D’ posts placed in Group ‘C’, PB-1, Grade Pay ‘1800/- (non technical as MT Staff) is now made only through Staff Selection Commission and minimum educational qualification for appointment is Matriculation or ITI pass. Regularisation of CL-TS therefore cannot be done by the Ministries/ Departments on their own and requires relaxation of para-8 of the Appendix to the O.M. dated 10.09.1993.

3. This Department vide O.M No. 49011/31/2008-Estt(C) dated 17th February,2009 had requested all Ministries/ Department to provide information relating to CL-TS on their rolls. Information relating to 231 CL-TS was received from 29 Ministries/Departments which were processed. Since then this Department has been receiving proposals piece-meal from different

4. Department of Expenditure have now advised this Department that in order to avoid piece- meal examination of such proposals, a consolidated proposal for regularization of all such remaining CL-TS who were on the rolls of the Ministries/Departments on 10.09.1993 and yet could not be regularized may be forwarded to them for further consideration/examination. Therefore, all Ministries/Departments are requested to review the position at their establishments and send a consolidated proposals for regularization of services of such remaining CL-TS on their rolls (including attached/subordinate and autonomous bodies), if any, latest by 30.11.2014 to this Department in the enclosed format. It may be ensured that complete information in respect of the Ministry/Department and its Attached/Subordinate Offices is sent. The information may also be sent by e-mail(in MS Word) at dse@nic.in.

(J.A.Vaidyanathan)
Director(Estt.)
Telefax: 23093179

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/49014_3_2014-Estt.C-16102014.pdf



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Early Closure of Offices on 30th October, 2014 in connection with the "Run for Unity"

No. 12/17/2014-JCA 2 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel and Training) 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 29th October, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Early Closure of Offices on 30th October, 2014 in connection with the "Run for Unity" flag off at Vijay Chowk by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India

In connection with the arrangements for the "Run for Unity" flag off at Vijay Chowk by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on 31st October, 2014, it has been decided that the Government offices located in the buildings indicated in the Annexure I to this O.M would be closed early at 14:00 hrs. on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) and will remain closed till 09.30 AM on 31st October, 2014 (Friday).

2. The buildings indicated in the Annexure II to this O.M would be closed early at 14:00 hrs. on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) and will remain closed till 08.00 AM on 31st October, 2014.

3. Government offices located in Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament House would remain closed from 10.00 PM on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) till 9.30 AM on 31st October, 2014 (Friday).

4. Hindi version will follow.

(Ashok Kumar) 
Director (JCA) 

ANNEXURE I 
List of Buildings to be closed from 14:00 hrs. on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) till 09.30 AM on 31st October, 2014 (Friday).
1. South Block
2. North Block
3. Rail Bhawan
4. CSIR Building
5. Krishi Bhawan
6. Shastri Bhawan
7. National Archives
8. Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts
9. National Media Centre
10. Shram Shakti Bhawan
11. Hutment(MOD Office), Dalhousie Road & on K. Menon Marg
12. DRDO Bhawan
13. Vayu Bhawan
14. Sena Bhawan
15. Udyog Bhawan
16. Nirman Bhawan
17. Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan (MEA Office)
18. National Museum & ASI Office
19. Archaeological Survey of India
20. Vigyan Bhawan
21. Vigyan Bhawan Annexe
22. CCA, Min. of Agriculture, 16-A, Aldbar Road.
23. Raksha Bhawan
24. National Stadium
25. Hyderabad House
26. Coast Guard HQ.
27. Baroda House
28. National Gallery of Modern Art

ANNEXURE II 
List of Buildings to be closed from 14:00 hrs. on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) till 08.00 AM on 31st October, 2014 (Friday).

1. Transport Bhawan
2. RBI
3 Yojna Bhawan
4. Sardar Patel Bhawan
5. Nirvachan Sadan
6. Punjab National Bank Building, Patel Chowk
7. Akashwani Bhawan/AIR Sansad Marg
8. Dak Bhawan
9. Sanchar Bhawan
10. Jeevan Tara Building
11. Jeevan Deep Building
12. Jeevan Vihar Building
13. SBI Building

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/No12-17-2014-JCA2.pdf
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7th Central Pay Commission’s visit to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

The Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Shimla, Himachal Pradesh from 12th to 13th November, 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of reference of the Commission to present their views.

Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.



The last date for receiving request for meeting is 7th Nov. 2014 (1700 hours).

Source: http://7cpc.india.gov.in/news05.html
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Revised Guidelines regarding Centralisation of Cadre Management of CSS with the CS Division of DOP&T

No.21/20/2014-CS.I (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi- 110003,
Dated 28th October 2014

Office Memorandum

Subject: Revised Guidelines regarding Centralisation of Cadre Management of CSS with the CS  Division of DOP&T

           After the first Cadre Restructuring of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) in the year 2003, cadre management of CSS was centralized in CS.I Division. Detailed instructions regarding carrying out of various cadre management functions were issued vide O.M. No. 21/01/2004-CS.I dated 20.04.2005.

Thereafter, there have been changes in the procedure followed in the cadre management activities necessitating revised guidelines to correctly reflect the extant position. Accordingly, in supersession of 0M dated 20.4.2005, revised instructions are issued as under:

2.         (i) Direct Recruitment to Assistant Grade: CS.I Division, DoPT will be responsible for direct recruitment to the grade of Assistant. The Division will also maintain Post Based Reservation Roster for the purpose

   (ii) Promotions: Promotions to all grades of CSS will be carried out by DoPT as under:

I. Assistant Grade:
(a) SQ promotion CS.ll, Division, DoPT will be responsible for SQ promotion to the grade of Assistant on the basis of All Secretariat Common Seniority List in the grade of UDC. CS.ll Division will issue the zone for promotion and the Ministries/ Departments concerned will conduct the DPC in terms of CSS Rules, 2009. CS.ll Division will issue the Select List on the recommendations of DPCs by Ministries/ Departments.

(b) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LOCE) : CS.ll Division, DoPT will be responsible for promotion to Assistant Grade on the basis of LDCE CS.ll Division will maintain Post Based Reservation Roster for these purposes.
II. Section Officer
(a) SQ promotion CS.I, Division, DoPT will be responsible for SQ promotion to the grade of Section Officer on the basis of All Secretariat Common Seniority List in the grade of Assistant. CS.I Division will issue the zone for promotion and the Ministries/ Departments concerned will conduct the DPC in terms of CSS Rules, 2009. CS.I Division will issue the Select List on the recommendations of DPCs by Ministries/
Departments.

(b) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) : CS.I Division, DoPT will be responsible for promotion to Section Officer Grade on the basis of LDCE conducted by the UPSC.

CS.l Division will maintain Post Based Reservation Roster for these purposes.

III. Under Secretary:
The only mode of recruitment to this grade is promotion. CS.I Division will be responsible for bringing out Select List for regular promotion to this grade in consultation with UPSC. CS.I Division will also maintain Post Based Reservation Roster.

IV. DS/Dir :
Promotion is the only mode of recruitment to these grades CS.I Division will be responsible for bringing out Select List for regular promotion to these grades on the recommendations of DPC constituted for the purpose.

(iii) Transfers: Transfer of officers ¡n all the grades of CSS either on promotion or on rotational transfer or otherwise will be made by the CS.l Division.

(iv) Maintenance of APARs: ACRs/APARs of Under Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries and Directors of CSS will be maintained by CS.l Division. ACR/APAR dossier in respect of SOs and Assistants will continue to be maintained by the respective Ministries/ Departments. However, Ministries /Departments will scan and upload the ACRs/APARs of all the grades in the web based cadre management system.

(v) Deputation : Cadre clearance for deputation of CSS Officers of US and above grades will be granted by CS.l Division. Officers of these grades will report to CS.I Division on repatriation from deputation for further posting. In the grades of Assistant and SO, cadre clearance for deputation will be granted by the respective Ministries/Departments and offices of these grades will report to the same cadre units on expiry of deputation.

(vi) Long leave : Officers of US and above grades on expiry of long leave one year or more will report to CS.I Division for further posting. No substitute will be provided to Ministries / Departments in case of leave less than one year.

(vii) Private Foreign Visit: Permission for private visit abroad in respect of CSS Officers of all grades will be granted by the Ministries / Departments concerned subject to CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and any other instructions on the matter. Cadre Clearance by CS.I Division will not be required for this purpose. However, application for private foreign visit and permission granted should be captured in the web based cadre management system.

(viii) Short Term Foreign Training: Ministries / Departments may nominate officers for short term foreign training, not exceeding three months. However, for foreign training beyond three months cadre clearance from CS.l Division will be required in case of US and above level officers of CSS. Details of foreign training should be entered in the web based cadre management system.

(ix) Domestic Training: Ministries/ Departments may nominate officers for domestic training not exceeding one year. In case of domestic training exceeding one year, cadre clearance from CS.l Division should be obtained for US and above level officers of CSS. Details of training should be entered in the web based cadre management system.

(x) Voluntary retirement: Approval of competent authority for voluntary retirement of CSS Officers of US and above levels will be conveyed by CS.I, DoPT. Requests for voluntary retirement should be forwarded to this Department with the approval of Secretary of the Department and after obtaining vigilance clearance from AVD, DoPT. Approval for voluntary retirement of Assistant and SO will, however, be granted by the concerned Ministry / Department with the approval of the Minister concerned. Requests for voluntary retirement and approval granted should be entered in the web based cadre management system.

(xi) Grant of study leave: Any request for grant of study leave to a CSS officer (of the grades of Under Secretary and above) would require prior approval of CS.I Division of DOP&T.

(xii) Commercial employment: Proposal for commercial employment after retirement of a CSS officer in the grades of Under Secretary and above will be processed by the Ministry/Department concerned with reference to provisions of CCS (Conduct) Rules and referred to CS.l Division for approval.

3. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

sd/-
(Utkaarsh R Tiwaari)
Director

Source : http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/CM.pdf
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Labour Minister Stresses for Early Completion of Construction Activities in ESIC

While reviewing the progress of construction activities of various projects of Employee`s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), the Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Steel and Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar exhorted Project Incharges to identify the problems responsible for delaying the projects and fix strict timelines for solving the same. He directed all Project Incharges to escalate the problems in case they are not able to solve to Director General, ESIC and thereafter to the Ministry. He advised that wherever possible ostentatious/ ornamental features in the projects should be reduced without comprising on functionality.

The Minister further advised the Project Incharges to fix revised timelines and intermediate milestones for each project separately and conduct a monthly review of the progress made in each project in the presence of construction agencies and Architectural & Engineering Agencies and in case the construction agencies are found lax in completing the projects, show cause notices should be served and they should be called for a final meeting with him. If necessary, the contract may be terminated. He emphasized that the work should be speeded up so that maximum possible number of new medical colleges could start functioning from 2015-16.

He took note of the fact that there are about 50 ongoing projects under execution of which 21 are medical education projects, 15 Hospital projects and 14 other projects. There are additional 48 new projects under process.

The Meeting was also attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Ms. Gauri Kumar, Director General, ESIC, Shri Anil Kumar Agarwal and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Shri A.K. Sinha.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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The Rising Force of Postal Banking in the Retail Banking Market

The Minister for Communications & IT and Law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that a group constituted by the Prime Minister consisting of the Secretary of the Postal department is looking into making of a financial institution for Postal savings. He was inaugurating the Postal Savings Banks Forum being organised by World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI), the National Savings Organisation of the Finance Ministry and the Department of Posts in New Delhi today. He said the present government wants to promote financial inclusion and the Jhan Dhan Yojana is a big effort in this direction. Another programme of the government of ‘Digital India’, which is steered by his ministry, also aims at digital inclusion and digital empowerment of rural poor.

Shri Prasad informed delegates from various countries that Post Office Savings Bank is one of the oldest and largest savings institution in the country and it also has the largest outreach in rural India, and more so, in backward and remote areas. The minister expressed happiness that the major asset of the postal institution, that is its connectivity on the ground is sought to be used for promoting e commerce in the country.

Secretary, Department of Posts Srimati Kavary Banerjee, in her key note address informed that the Department’s network of thousand post offices significantly out-numbers the combined number of branches of all commercial banks taken together. The post office savings schemes hold a total of 312 million accounts, which is more than the number of accounts held by any commercial bank. More importantly, the social sector disbursements done through the post offices have succeeded in bringing a total of about 80 million previously unbanked individuals into the fold of formal financial institutions in the last five years. All these have led to a change in the perception about the Post Office among the public as also within the organization. Consequently India Post is now perceived as a potential key facilitator of financial inclusion in the country, having a role in promoting the country’s socio-economic development, she added.

The theme of this year’s Postal Savings Banks Forum will be "The rising force of postal banking in the retail banking market".

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Holding of National Convention of the National Council(JCM) (Staff Side)

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New DelhI — 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmaii.com

Ref. No.NC-JCM/2014/SC

Dated: October 25, 2014

All Constituent Organisations,
National Council(JCM)

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Holding of National Convention of the National Council(JCM) (Staff Side)

As you are aware, the Staff Side, JCM National Council had, as desired by the  7th  CPC, submitted a separate memorandum on lnterim Relief and Merger of DA, copy of which had also been sent to the Finance Ministry. During the Informal Discussions the Staff Side had with the Pay Commission, they had assured us to take up the issue with the Government seeking amendment to the Terms of Reference to enable them to act upon our memorandum. We have received reply from the Finance Ministry, which is indicative of a refusal of both the demands. The NDA Government has adopted the same plea made by the UPA II Government to reject our demands. The 7th CPC have so far not communicated to us, the decision they have taken on our memorandum.

From the steps so far taken by the BJP Government, it is unambiguous that they would be pursuing the neo-liberal economic policies with much more intensity than even the UPA Government. Having got a clear majority in the Parliament, they would be able to push through necessary legislations to pursue reforms. The outsourcing of Railway functions, privatization of Defence manufacturing Units, increased FDI inflow in various core sectors of economy, dismantling of the administrative price mechanism, de-nationalization efforts in the Banking, Insurance and Coal Sectors and above all the adherence to New Contributory Pension Scheme are some of the bold anti worker steps taken by the new Government.

The matter of fact approach and urgency which was visible in the initial days of the 7th CPC appears to have vanished. It is a matter of pride for all of us that we could submit our final memorandum on common issues to the Commission within the stipulated time frame. We are also happy to note that almost all service organizations of Central Government employees have endorsed our formulations on the wage structure and other service benefits. It is also a fact that all these organizations have submitted their memoranda on department-specific issues before 30 July, 2014. Despite having received such large number of memoranda, the 7th CPC has so far not commenced taking oral evidence giving an indubitable impression that the Commission might not be able to submit its report within the stipulated time of 18 months.

All these issues came up for the consideration of the members of the Staff side when they met a few days back. The unanimous opinion was to pursue the issues through organizational methods. Accordingly, it was decided Lo hold a National Convention, eliciting the participation of the representatives of all Service organizations participating in the JCM to discuss the emerging situation and decide upon future course of action. Incidentally, we must mention that the JCM conceived as a negotiating forum has been made ineffective by the Government over the years by not convening its meetings periodically.

The National Convention will be held at MPCU Shah Auditorium, Sree Gurjarathi Samai, Rai Niwas Road, Civil Lines(Opposite Civil Lines Metro Station), Delhi, on 11th December, 2014. The Convention will commence at 12 Noon and will be concluded by 4.00 PM. 740 delegates will participate in the convention, of which 370 shall be Railway men(AIRF and NFIR), 150 will be Defiance Civilian employees (AIDEF and INDWF) and the rest 220 will be represented by other Central Government employees (Confederation of Central Government employees and workers). The participating organizations will issue separate circular letter indicating the number of delegates of each Branch/Unit, Divisions/Zones, Circles/States, and affiliates may deploy to the Convention.

The Staff side will meet again to finalize the draft declaration to be placed before the Convention for discussion and adoption. The date and venue of the meeting will be intimated in due course.

With greetings,

Comradely yours

            Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)
NC/JCM
&
Convener

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Reimbursement of Medical claim pertaining to in-patient treatment to the Defence Civilians who are getting Fixed Medical Allowance.

BHARTIYA PRTIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)
Ref: BPMS / CSMA / 156 (8/1/L)
Dated: 25.10.2014
To,
The Under Secretary, D(Civ-II),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
‘B’ Wing, Sena Bhawan,
New Delhi - 110011

Subject: Reimbursement of Medical claim pertaining to in-patient treatment to the Defence Civilians who are getting Fixed Medical Allowance.

Reference: MOD ID No. 9(1)/2010/D(Civ-II), Dated 09.09.2014

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that this Federation has raised the subject matter before the Secretary, MOH&FW and Min of Defence on 05.07.2011and reminded from time to time that Fourth Central Pay Commission (04th CPC) recommended in Para 16.9 as under;

“We  recognize  that  employees  covered  by  Medical  Reimbursement Scheme (MRS) under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 are experiencing difficulties as regards the treatment and reimbursement of expenses incurred by them. There is also considerable administrative and accounting work involved in the settlement of claims. Various kinds of malpractices in the scheme have also brought to our notice. We, therefore, recommend grant of a Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 25/- per month for outdoor treatment to all employees covered by MRS. The expenses incurred on special diseases (cancer, diabetes, mental diseases, poliomyelitis, tubercular diseases and leprosy) and hospitalization may continue to be reimbursed to all employees as at present under the scheme”.

The above recommendation of 04th CPC was discussed in National Council (JCM) in length and official side concluded the matter, thereupon Govt decided & issued instructions vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 11.07.1990 published as Govt of India’s Decisions No. (9) below Rule 2 of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 which reads as under:

“Subject: CS (MA) Rules, 1944 – Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to the staff working in the interior.

In the National Council of J.C. M., the Staff Side has demanded for grant of Medical Allowance to the staff working in the interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 5 kms.

2. This matter has been considered by the Government and now it has been decided that quantum of medical allowance of Rs. 25/- (Rupees twenty five only) per month per employee working in the interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 5kms, may be granted on the condition,

(i) The Head of the Department should obtain a Certificate from an appropriate District Authority that there is no State Government/Local Body Hospital/Dispensary available within a radius of 5 kms. and also there is no qualified medical practitioner available and if available he is not willing to be appointed as Authorized Medical Attendant.

(ii) The position will be reviewed every three years and a fresh certificate is to be obtained by the Head of Department.

This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure and the Department of Personnel and Training.”

It is worth to mention here that it was not introduced as optional / replacement of CS (MA) Rules but it was supplement or additional benefit for the employees residing in interiors. Hence, the reimbursement of medical expenses for indoor treatment were allowed by the Govt of India though the employee was drawing Rs. 25/- per month FMA.

It is also to be noted that the matters concluded by the Official side at meeting of the National Council (JCM) will not be reversed by later decision of the Govt as per instructions issued by Govt of India on Joint Consultative Machinery & Compulsory Arbitration.

Subsequently, Fifth Central Pay Commission (5thCPC) also recommended in Para 114.24 on the subject matter as under;

“We are in favour of a greater freedom of choice in obtaining medical aid and advice, where Central Government is unable to organize its own facilities for employees. Such a freedom, while aiming at development of employees within their own responsibilities, will reduce much of clerical work involved in medical reimbursement claims for day-to-day need. For serious ailments and hospitalizations, however, we still do not see any justification for removal of restrictions. Accordingly, we recommend that in areas presently covered by Medical reimbursement Scheme for outpatient purposes a medical allowance of Rs. 100/- per month per employee may be granted only for outpatient facilities, not provided by either CGHS or any departmental medical facilities.”

Thereupon Govt issued instructions to enhance the quantum of FMA to Rs. 100/- from Rs. 25/- per month per employee vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th Jan, 1999, for employee working in interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 05 km, and if available, he is not willing to be appointed as AMA.

But this O.M. does not prohibit for reimbursing the medical expenses in case the Government Employee or his dependant is being treated as ‘indoor patient’ because the employee is being granted the Fixed Medical Allowance for the reimbursement of consultation fees paid to any doctor available in the interior areas. Even the employee has to bear the cost of medicines prescribed by such doctors and in such circumstances he is authorized for reimbursement of cost of medicines, any pathological test etc. as ‘Out Door Patient’.

Simultaneously, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, Govt introduced Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/- per month from 01.12.1997 to Central Government Pensioners/family Pensioners not covered under CGHS vide DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997. According to this scheme, a pensioner/family pensioner may opt either CGHS facility or Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/ which has been enhanced to Rs. 300/- vide your O.M. No. 390/2010-MS, Dated 14th July, 2010. Since the issuance of the O.M. dated 19.12.1997 the medical reimbursement of the Govt employee and their family members has been discontinued.

It is to be kept in the mind that the DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997 is concerned with the payment of Fixed Medical Allowance to the pensioners/family pensioners, where CGHS facility is not available, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, whereas this federation is raising the issue of Fixed Medical Allowance being granted to serving employees residing in the interior area and who are under the purview of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 and have been granted Rs. 25/ per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 17th July, 1990, 28th Sep, 1991 and the quantum enhanced to Rs. 100/- per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th Jan, 1999.

The employee residing in the interior area has no option to avail outpatient medical facility from any source of Central Government/State Government/Local Municipality/Private Medical practitioner appointed as Authorized Medical within a radius 05 km, hence he has been compelled/granted by Central Government to accept Rs. 25/- or 100/- as FMA and whenever such medical facility will be provided to him, this FMA will be discontinued forthwith.

Further, this federation has raised the issue through online Public Grievance Redressal System before Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India (Grievance Registration No. DHLTH/E/2014/00820) & Department of Expenditure, Min of Finance (Grievance Registration No. DOEXP/E/2014/00164). Dept of Exp, Min of Finance has intimated that the proposal sent by MoHFW for reimbursement of in-patient medical expenses to serving Govt. employees in remote areas, is being considered by them.

Therefore, you are requested to liaise with the concerned authorities of Min of Finance, Dept of Expenditure (SO E.V) so that genuine grievances of the serving employees who are getting FMA Rs. 100/- per month may be resolved without further delay by reimbursement of the medical expenses for indoor treatment.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours

(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

PORTAL FOR
PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances
Government of India

Status as on 25 Oct 2014

Registration Number  :DOEXP/E/2014/00164

Name Of Complainant : Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh

Date of Receipt: 06 Sep 2014

Received by: Department of Expenditure
Forwarded to: SO E.V
Contact Address: 28, North Block, New Delhi 110001
Contact Number: 23092604

Grievance Description : Reimbursement of Medical Expenses where Payment of Fixed Medical Allowance is allowed to staff working in the interior (mostly Defence Civilians) where AMA not available. The employee residing in the interior area has no option to avail outpatient medical facility from any source of Central Government or State Government or Local Municipality or Private Medical practitioner appointed as Authorized Medical within a radius 05 km, hence he has been compelled or granted by Central Government to accept Rs. 100 per month as FMA. This issue is being considered by Department of Health and Family Welfare under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which states (grievance Regn no. DHLTH/E/2014/00820) that the matter is already under consideration in the Ministry and the views/comments have been sought from Dept. of Expenditure, DoPT and Ministry of Defence. It is requested to issue necessary directives to the authorities to reimburse the medical claims for indoor treatment where the serving employees are getting FMA Rs. 100/- per month.


Current Status: CASE CLOSED

Date of Action: 08 Oct 2014

Details: The proposal sent by MoHFW for reimbursement of inpatient medical expenses to serving Govt. employees in remote areas, is being examined in this Department.


Source:http://bpms.org.in/documents/fma-51g7.pdf
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Absence of own specialists troubles CGHS patients

NAGPUR : The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries are suffering due to prolonged absence of specialists in the OPD (out patient department) clinics. They have to shuttle between CGHS clinics and the other government hospitals to consult with the specialists and yet do not get the prescribed medicines for varied reasons. The additional director general (ADG) of CGHS in city Dr D O Tikas, however, says the issue will be resolved soon as the various regulations are still evolving.

CGHS clinics in city only have specialists of medicine, eye, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and skin. For treatment of all other specialities like neuroscience, psychiatry, orthopaedics, nephrology etc the CGHS clinics refer patients to either the corporation hospitals or any other government hospital including medical colleges. Unfortunately, when they come back with the medicines prescribed by them to CGHS dispensaries, patients are mostly told either drugs are not available or they are not as per combinations and formulae permitted under CGHS scheme. They are also refused medicines on the pretext that they are expensive imported medicines or are not generic formula and so not included in the CGHS list.

Whatever the reason, the patients, majority of whom are senior citizens, have to run from pillar to post for no fault of theirs. "I have a dependent daughter who has been suffering from neurological problem for many years. She is referred to the NMC OPD clinic in Sadar but the medicines prescribed by the psychiatrists and neuro-physicians are never available in Shankar Nagar CGHS dispensary. I cannot afford to buy them from private shops," a patient's father told TOI.

Dr Tikas, not denying the problem exists, assured that things would soon be streamlined. This year, the union ministry of health and family welfare issued an order on August 25 that changed the entire process of procurement, inclusion, exclusion of drugs for CGHS beneficiaries, investigations, treatment procedures, implants that has caused a lot of confusion across the country. When VIP beneficiaries in the capital protested the changes, certain drugs, especially those for chronic diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases, that were earlier deleted were hastily included back on August 27. The present list includes 1447 generic and 622 branded medicines.

"The August 27 order is also under modification. Suggestions and lists of medicines most commonly prescribed from various cities are being compiled. A lot of medicines relating to neuro and psychiatry, cardiovascular, diabetics, gastrointestinal, analgesics and rheumatoid, vaccines, kidney diseases, ENT, eye, paediatric, antidiuretic, skin etc have been included," Dr Tikas said. Nagpur CGHS has also sent a huge list to the Centre. We hope all these will be included and in near future patients will start getting all medicines except the imported ones whose Indian versions are available, he added.

WHAT HAS CHANGED

* Restrictions brought by order dated August 25, 2014

* CGHS only supplies medicines included in its formulary. Those outside can be substituted by identical formulations or those with same therapeutic effect

* Imported anti-cancer and other drugs are to be given on case to case basis. Only medicines approved by Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) are to be issued. A cheaper Indian version, if available, will be supplied

* Only the listed investigations, treatment procedures, implants and devices with prescribed rates will be allowed in CGHS empanelled diagnostic centres and hospitals

* ADG, CGHS of city can take decisions for unlisted investigations, procedures, reimbursement etc

* In case any unlisted device or implant is installed, the reimbursement should be only as per CGHS rates

* Every CGHS beneficiary has to register his mobile number to guard against misuse of CGHS card


TIMELINE

August 27- A technical committee constituted to update mechanism and listing of medicine, inclusion and exclusion of drugs, investigations, treatment procedures etc.

Sept 9- CGHS allows ESIS, ECHS formularies to be adopted while its own is revised. Many antihypertensive drugs, lipid lowering agents, hormonal preparations prescribed by obstetric and gynaecological doctors, bronchodilators, anti-worming, eye preparations, antiviral, anti-Parkinson's, nephrology, anti-psychiatry, gliptins and insulin analogues included in the list

September 19- Cancer and kidney treatment drugs and liver and kidney transplant drugs stopped under August 25 order allowed on case to case basis

October 1- Formulary still under revision. Drugs under ex-servicemen contributory health scheme (ECHS), Employees State Insurance Corporation still not covered under the schemes will be issued provided if the prescription is for not more than seven days and cost is less than Rs1500 per week. Otherwise, permission of local ADG of CGHS is necessary

October 21- Medicines that were restricted to one month now allowed for three months and patients going abroad can avail medicines for six months

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Absence-of-own-specialists-troubles-CGHS-patients/articleshow/44942899.cms
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A Curtain Raiser on Postal Savings Banks Forum

The Minister for Communications & IT and Law and Justice World Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate the Postal Savings Banks Forum in New Delhi tomorrow This year’s forum is being organised by World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) jointly with the National Savings Organisation (Ministry of Finance) and the Department of Posts.

The theme of this year’s Postal Savings Banks Forum will be "The rising force of postal banking in the retail banking market".

The role of postal operators in the world of retail banking is often overlooked. Post Offices worldwide hold 1.6 billion savings and deposit accounts. This is second only to commercial banks, which hold about 2.5 billion accounts. Thus, post offices are critical to the pursuit of financial inclusion, which is recognised today as a vital pre-requisite to socio-economic development.

The Universal Postal Union estimates that several hundred million people, often without an account, use the Post to make and receive basic payment transactions such as domestic and international transfers, government payments and utility payments. Postal operators, in all their activities, have always relied on a business model based on large volumes and low costs. Combined with the universal service obligation through which the State gives the mandate to the Post to serve the entire population, these specific features make the Post a worthwhile ally in the fight against financial exclusion.

Financial inclusion brought about through the postal network is called postal financial inclusion. India has about 1.55 lakh post offices, which is more than the combined branch strength of commercial banks (about 1 lakh). The number of savings accounts held in post offices in India is about 31 crore, which is more than that of any commercial bank in the country. The postal network possesses excellent cash management abilities and is trusted for its governance practices. Thus India seems to have the right mix of ingredients to deliver concrete results in postal financial inclusion. Hence the WSBI Postal Savings Bank Forum is of considerable interest to the Banking Sector in India.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Guidelines for discretionary out of turn allotments of general pool residential accommodation in Delhi

No. 12035/2/97.Pol II(Vol III)
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi — 110 108.

Dated the 7 October, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Guidelines for discretionary out of turn allotments of general pool residential accommodation in Delhi — allotment of ground floor residential accommodation to the applicants with disabilities under discretionary quota on medical grounds.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel and Training OM. No.36O35/3/2013.Es(Res) dated 31.3.2014 and to say that it has been decided by the competent authority that preferably ground floor accommodation will be allotted to the applicants with disabilities under the discretionary allotments on out of turn basis on medical grounds as per the extant guidelines of the Directorate of Estates issued vide O.M.No.12035/2/97Pol(pt) dated 17.11.1997.

(Roop Lal)
Deputy Director of Estates

Source :http://estates.nic.in/WriteReadData/dlcirculars/Circulars20364.pdf
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Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week from October 27 to November 01, 2014

This year’s theme is ‘Combating Corruption – Technology as an enabler’

The Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed this year from October 27, 2014 to November 01, 2014 and this year’s theme is “Combating Corruption – Technology as an enabler”. The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) as the apex integrity institution of the country has been thriving to promote transparency, probity and integrity in public life. One of the outreach measures to promote these values in various Central Government offices and public sector undertakings is the observance of Vigilance Awareness Week every year wherein all the stakeholders are encouraged to fight corruption. The CVC believes that efficiency and objectivity in governance hold the key to eradication of corruption from public life and for this purpose it has to be ensured that transparent and fool proof systems and procedures are put in place which provide for appropriate accountability at every level of hierarchy in public administration.

Leveraging of technology in functioning of the Government and its organisations can address the challenges of corruption to a large extent. The adoption of technology initiatives can mitigate various factors which lead to corruption like lack of transparency, cumbersome procedures and delays in decision making. By re-engineering government processes, limiting discretion and enhancing accountability, departments / organisations can effectively bring about transparency and efficiency in the service delivery system which effects ordinary citizen the most. By using information technology, the process can become faster and to that extent, the scope of corruption can be reduced. The Commission has therefore, been advocating leveraging of technology by organisations to combat corruption.

On the occasion of Vigilance Awareness Week the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his message observed - “Corruption is a complex problem that needs multi-faceted action. One of them is the use of technology that can help promote, openness and transparency. Use of modern technologies can play an important role in eliminating human interface in service delivery systems. It is the collective responsibility of citizens as well as government departments to adopt technology initiatives in combating corruption to maximize benefits”.

The Vice-President of India, Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari in his message noted “Eradication of corruption from our society is not only a legal obligation but also a moral duty of every Indian. Towards attainment of this goal, observance of Vigilance Awareness Week plays an important role in promoting integrity through greater efficiency, transparency and accountability in government”.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in his message on the occasion conveyed “It is needless to point out that integrity of public servants and transparency in public offices is utmost necessary in making transparent and efficient administration free of corruption. I appreciate the CVC’s outreach initiatives and endeavours to combat corruption with optimum use of technology. I call all government employees for making Vigilance Awareness Week a success and congratulate CVC on this occasion”.

Vigilance Awareness Week commenced in the CVC and all Ministries / Departments of the Central Govt., public sector undertakings, public sector banks, insurance companies, autonomous bodies and local authorities across the country today with a pledge by officers and employees at 1100 hrs. All officers and employees of the Government affirmed that they shall continuously strive to bring about integrity and transparency in all spheres of activities, work unstintingly for eradication of corruption, remain vigilant and work towards the growth and reputation of the organisation, and do their duty conscientiously and act without fear or favour.

Ministries / Departments / PSUs / Banks / and other Organisations would be conducting various outreach activities involving all stake holders during the week through seminars, workshops and lectures by prominent persons. In the schools and colleges across the country, debates, lectures, quiz competitions and such other activities for creation of awareness on corruption as well as anti-corruption measures to fight corruption are being organised during the week.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Meetings held by 7th CPC (as on 21.10.2014)

Date                            Meeting with
13.10.2014 At Leh: Personnel of Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Defence Institute of High                                     Altitude Research, DRDO, BRO, ITBP, MES, All Ladakh Central Government                                      Employees Association

09.10.2014 At Dehradun: Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association, LBSNAA; National Institute for                             the Visually Handicapped Employees’ Union; Ministerial Staff Association, Survey of India; Topographical Staff Association, Survey of India; Class III Service Association, Survey of India; Central Government Library Association; Faculty, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy; Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy Staff Association; Faculty, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education

08.10.2014 At Dehradun: National Defence Medical Laboratory Technical Staff Association; All India Association of Clerical Employees of Ordnance Factories; Employees Union Ordnance Factory, Dehradun; All India Association of Non-Gazetted Officers of Ordnance & Equipment Factories and Quality Assurance Organization; Staff Association, Rashtriya Indian Military College; All India DGQA Engineers Association; Wildlife Institute of India

24.09.2014 Indian Ex-servicemen Movement

23.09.2014 CRPF Officers

22.09.2014 BSF Officers; Forum of retired CAPF officers

17.09.2014 Aviation Research Centre

16.09.2014 RPF Group 'A' Officers, IIM Bangalore

15.09.2014 Disabled War Veterans (DISWAVE) Association, DG Bureau of Police Research and Development

26.08.2014 At Bangalore: IAS Officers' Association, IPS Officers' Association, IFS Officers' Association

25.08.2014 At Bangalore: IIM Bangalore, ISRO

24.08.2014 At Bangalore: Army Base Workshop (EME) Diploma Holders Association, Bangalore, Air Force Store Keepers Association, All India NCC Defence Civilian Employees Association, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers - Karnataka State, Atomic Energy Employees Federation, All India Central Excise Inspectors Association, The Indian Hospital Pharmacist Association, The Indian Railway Loco Pilot Association, South Western Railways Engineers Association, Railway Wheel Factory, South Western Railway Employees Sangh, All India DRDO Personal Staff Association, DoS Pensioners Forum, Central Government Pensioners Association, Indian Institute of Horticulture Research Employees’ Association, NIMHANS, Veterans Association

21.08.2014 Physiotherapy Forum; Indian Ordnance Factories Group'B' Gazetted Officers Association

20.08.2014 Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan; Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Sangathan

24.07.2014 Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers Association; National Ex-Servicemen Co-ordination Committee; Indian Ex-Services League

23.07.2014 Bharat Central Pensioners Federation; Bharat Pensioners Samaj; Group ‘B' Indian Information Service Association; Indian Postal Service Officers Association; DANICS Officers Association; Group ‘B' Indian Ordnance Gazetted Officers Association

22.07.2014 Police Commissioner, Delhi; DG Coast Guard; IOFS Officers Association

21.07.2014 Director, IB; Director, CBI; Director, RAW

19.06.2014 Indian Economic Service Officers Association; Indian Statistical Service Officers Association; IFS Officers Association; DGs of CAPFs (BSF+ITBP+Assam Rifles+Sashastra Seema Suraksha Bal); DGs of CAPFs (CISF+CRPF+NSC)

18.06.2014 IFS Officers Association; PFRDA; Officers of Department of Financial Services, MOF; Officers of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare; P&T Finance Accounts Gr.A Officers Association; IRAS Officers Association; Central Health Service Association

17.06.2014 IAS Officers' Association; Central Engineering Services Officers' Association (Water+Power+Architecture); Central Engineering Services Officers' Association (Civil+Electrical+Mechanical+Road Transport+Telecom); Income Tax Officers' Association; Custom Officers Association; Central Excise Officers Association

16.06.2014 IPS Officers' Association; Representative of Pay Commission cells of Army, Navy and Airforce; Indian Audit and Accounts Service Association; Cost Accounts Association; Civil Accounts Association; Federation of Railway Officers


Source:http://7cpc.india.gov.in/meetings.html
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Retention of excess cash balance in Post offices

File No.21-03/2014-PO
Government of India
Ministry. of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(PODivision) 
October 13, 2014
Subject: Retention of excess cash balance in Post offices

P&T Audit team during visits to a number of'post offices has found that a large volume of cash have been retained by the post offices in violation of their prescribed limits fixed by the Circle. The weekly statement of cash balance report sent by HPOs/GPOs to Divisional / Circle Officesfor verification / investigation is not complied with by the Post Offices and Circles are not ensuring the submission of report. in case, the excess balancesare retained frequently in any Post Office, SSPO should properly investigate the matter and report the same to Circle Office. Excess retention of cash beyond the prescribed limits is also not desirable on the reasons of security in post offices.

2. The Directorate has viewed excess retention of cash by the Post Offices seriously and thus instructs the Circles to follow the prescribed limits, norms and guidelines issued by the Directorate time to time. Circles are instructed strictly implement the monitoring mechanisms (weekly report) to ensure retention of prescribed cash limit and review the authorized cash balance of the Post Offices, if they require more cash. Circle shall ensure proper implementation of other related instructions which shall ensure-that only. prescribed cash is retained at the post offices such as post offices with large cash transactions having cash turnover more than 40 lac per annum may be allowed to open bank accounts directly and issue cheques instead of making cash payments wherever applicable. The matters relating to excess retention of cash balances are properly investigated by the Divisions / Circles.

3. The receipt of this letter may be acknowledged and instruction shall be complied with immediate effect.

(M.S. RANA)
ADG (PO)

Source:http://www.indiapost.gov.in/DOP/Pdf%5CCirculars%5CRetention_Excess_Cash_1590_181020114_Pub_upload.PDF



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